Tyler Ludens wrote:The intention for our 20 acres is that most of it will be Zone 5, but technically it is Zone 4 because it is undergoing restoration and is not truly "wild". We're only developing about an acre for human use, the rest is for everyone else.
Josh Garbo wrote:All of my acre has been modified by humans, so technically has no Zone 5. However, a good third is riparian and can't have structures, raised beds, tilling, or any big modifications. Another section is very hilly, and has only received some terracing, flower bulb plantings, and brush removal... maybe minimal tree/bush planting eventually. So I guess I like to think of zone 4+ as an area which you can't build on, till, or mow.
Daron Williams wrote:
Nice, have you thought about adding specific native plants to your wild area? Say plants that are rare in your area or edible for humans?
This is soooo... true. Someone introduced a non-native deer on an Island near my home when hunting was popular. With the only predator (cougars) eliminated, there was nothing to keep the deer in balance and it was destroying the native flora. They arranged for a cull, and felt the responsible way was to hire a portable abattoir so the meat would be put to good use. The first time they culled, the butcher said the animals were so emaciated that the meat was worth nothing. They arranged for a second cull 8 mnths later, and that time both the Meat Inspector and the Butcher said that 98% of the deer were healthy and salable. After several years, improvement in the flora was so obvious, one of the local National Parks started participating. Because this is an introduced, rather than a native deer, they're not getting too much flack from locals, although this is a generally a huge problem in our area. It is *all* about balance. In small areas, some human intervention may be essential to re-balance things, but the key is to do things slowly and carefully. Eliminating *all* the deer, could be equally problematic. Allowing the return of cougars is *really* unpopular, so humans must do the cougar's job (apologies to Sepp Holzer and his pigs.)
It's quite wonderful to see what the whole place might look like if we had an appropriate number of deer instead of massive herds of Whitetail and exotic Axis deer, who are eating everything.